Karate will be making its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the newly elected President Karate Federation of Nigeria, Silas Agara says the country will not be absent.

Agara emerged president after the incumbent ChieDonatus Ejidike stepped down for him at the Abuja National Stadium on Tuesday.

The deputy governor of Nasarawa noted that his board members will put in their best, hit the ground running and implement programme to develop the sport in Nigeria.

“One of our tasks is to see that Karate is at the Olympics with quality representatives there.

"That is one task we want to carry on. The new board under my leadership as the President with competent Nigerians from other zones will put in our best and I can assure the sport family that we’ll hit the ground running and implement our programmes to ensure we put karate on the map.”

He revealed that the new board will not depend on funds from the Federal Ministry of Sports.

“Funding is a challenge to all the federations, even football. We have to look inward and outward to see how we can raise funds to implement our programmes”.

As karate makes its first appearance at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, it will feature two events, Kumite and Kata.

60 Competitors from around the world will compete in the Kumite competition and 20 will compete in the Kata competition.

Both divisions of competition will be split 50/50 between men and women